Fallen trees and full cellars – storms in the west


Updated on August 12, 2020, 9:51 p.m.

Sultry, hot air and potential for severe weather. In the evening it hit Bonn especially. Cellars overflowed, trees fell. More thunderstorms are forecast for the night.

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On a Wednesday that was up to 37 degrees Celsius, storms hit some regions in the west and south-west of Germany. Rescue workers were on a large scale in Bonn. “We have a lot of flooded cellars, we have a lot of fallen trees. At the moment the land is under,” said a police spokesman on the evening of the German press agency.

The meteorologists of the German Weather Service (DWD) had temporarily warned of severe thunderstorms in parts of North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and the Saarland. Flooding of cellars and streets, damage from hail and lightning damage are possible. The weather service Kachelmannwetter tweeted around 8.30 p.m., strong thunderstorms were still in the triangle of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse. “You are advancing slowly eastwards.”

The Bonn fire brigade cannot keep up with operations

In Bonn it was said that the fire brigade and police were in action in many places. Shortly after 6 p.m., a storm with heavy rain, storms and thunderstorms had hit the city. A traffic light was also overturned and power cables were hanging down. Shortly after 7.30 p.m., the Bonn fire brigade tweeted that there were still around 120 open locations in the entire city. According to the Deutsche Bahn, regional traffic in the Rhineland was disrupted by the storm and fallen trees.

In Rhineland-Palatinate, the Ruwer near Trier burst its banks after a storm. Numerous cellars were full. At times, up to 300 emergency services were there to secure the houses with sandbags or to pump out cellars. In the meantime, the floods have declined again, said a spokeswoman for the technical operations management of the Trier-Saarburg district. “But the weather is very unstable and new thunderstorm cells are approaching from Saarland and France.”

New thunderstorms threaten

The thunderstorms weakened on Thursday night “in terms of intensity and spread only slowly or temporarily,” the DWD predicted. In the second half of the night, new thunderstorms could arise from the Benelux countries, France and Switzerland.

Sweating was announced again on Wednesday. The three temperature leaders in Germany were all in Baden-Württemberg. It was hottest on Wednesday with up to 37.0 degrees in Rheinstetten near Karlsruhe, as the DWD announced in the evening on request. 36.7 degrees were measured further down the Rhine in Waghäusel-Kirrlach. It was 36.3 degrees in Mannheim.

The nationwide highest temperature of the year so far was registered at the weekend with 38.6 degrees in Trier. (mt / dpa)

The Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that there are “first reports of seriously injured people” from the derailment of a train.


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